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Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Time For a 21st Century Job Site

True story. I saw a job posting for a product manager at a major job site. The role would be challenging and the pay (something I had not seen before) indicated just how challenging it would be. So, I decided to take a crack at it. As I took a closer look at the position I decided it might just be time to offer a full redesign of what job sites do, i.e. completely disrupt the industry so that we get better matches between what people can actually do and the types of jobs they get. This slideshow is just scratching the surface, as you could easily write a 100 page report on what needs to happen. But I had been thinking about these things for a long time and it was just time to put it out there -- whether I got the position or not. This is the slideshow I submitted with my application. I think we’re in for big changes and I hope some of these things happen soon. For more information, write to theglidercell@gmail.com

Monday, July 22, 2019

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The Existential Tour of Pleasant Hill, California

I decided it was time to start releasing all new audio content for the GliderCell Podcast. It had been a while and there were all these audio files -- interviews with some really fascinating people -- just sitting there -- never to be heard. If all goes as planned, I'll start releasing a new one each week. But, I can't do this without a word of caution. These are unedited. No intro or outro music, if you will. Time and budget constraints prevented me from being able to get all that done. But, what you'll get here is raw, unfiltered ideas -- real people sharing some really interesting things -- with no commercials! None!

In this episode I ask the question: 

In the Internet of Things, if everything is “talking” to everything else, can humans be left out of the conversation? 

This episode is brought to you by When the Dust Settles: A Collection of Stories From Gary Hart's 1988 Presidential Campaign Kindle Edition, available on Amazon.

It is also made possible by GliderCell, a consultancy specializing in content development and strategy.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Open Letter to the Buttigieg Campaign

Lessons from Gary Hart's presidential campaign - brought forward with new ideas and strategies for today

You’re probably the closest candidate there is in this huge field of candidates to what Gary Hart was to a lot of us during the 1988 Presidential campaign. You’re educated, well spoken, reasonable, believe in a call to higher service and, clearly, what some would call a “renaissance man” – decent, thoughtful, conversant in several languages, a Rhodes Scholar and all. You’re definitely the “thinking person’s” candidate in this race and that is why I wanted to share four key pieces of advice to your campaign.
This is based not only on my experience in the ‘88 campaign, but from everything I’ve learned since that time as a teacher, speech and debate coach and early adopter in the principles of “emergence” and “gamification.”
1. Be the new “explainer in chief."
This is something everyone loved about Bill Clinton. He could break down a complex policy idea like no one’s business. Gary Hart was also a big idea person with heavy policy understanding and ideas. During his campaign we actually gave out small books called “Reform, Hope and The Human Factor.” Yet, it was pretty dense and not really written in common language.
Here is a chance for you and your campaign to put out lots of messages – creative solutions to ongoing problems of employment, energy, climate change, justice reform and the economy. But, put those out there in common language. You might think about using slideshows or clever video and infographics. You don’t have to be the one who actually stands in front of the podium saying these things at all time – not if you use clever branding and have videos on YouTube to serve as your surrogate. Be the candidate whose policy ideas actually go viral on YouTube.
You can also take a perceived disadvantage, the shooting incident in South Bend, and turn this into the moment you became a real national leader. Go deep. Listen to the ideas of your followers and constituents and then call for a press conference where you lay out a carefully constructed set of solutions on police reform and community building.
2. Be the campaign that wins from the bottom up.
You’re the ideas candidate - the pragmatic idealist, if you will. All these things make you similar to Hart and able to attract the same type of constituency. You can really make this work for you by doing what you’ve already done – which is to make your ideas understandable.
Now, take this a step further and get your followers to contribute ideas. One thing we’ve not seen in a long time is a candidate like John Kennedy who said “ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” We live in a time where it is possible for live, instantaneous feedback, where there are blogs, social media sites, wikis and places like Reddit where ideas can be voted up. If your campaign doesn’t already have something like this, why not set it up? Remember My.BarackObama.com from 2008? Many believe it was one of the keys to his success in 2008.
There’s a whole science behind this and it’s been used by top companies and organizations, e.g. encouraging entrepreneurship within larger corporations. It’s called “emergence.” Classrooms are turning to game-based models and companies are using wikis to collect employee ideas so that employees can get recognition for finding solutions. Gamification and incentives work. In this same way, you can “task” your followers to get to work in solving problems or even inspire nation-wide competitions. There’s no rule - no law saying that campaigns can’t use a similar program. It’s time to mobilize people to take action!
3. Know the times, your audience and the narrative that will call people to action.
Gary Hart’s campaign was a reaction to Reagan and the new conservatism of its time. We are now at an even more crucial time where the world appears to be headed down the road to autocracy and nationalism. Civilization is at a crossroads. One path leads to further division, culture wars, the derision of science. It is anti-intellectual and anti-creative. The other path leads to the intelligentsia – academics, the “creative class” breaking off and going their own way in pursuit of science and problem solving. There is a need for greater understanding, creative and critical thinking and ways to mend this breach. There are people all over the world in search of better ways of thinking or arriving at decisions. We need a new moral and ethical code - a path to better public discourse - a way to find common ground with perceived enemies or rivals. But, how do we get there? You can be the candidate to address this.
4. Find another underserved part of the population and bring them in.
Look, we all understand that the Democratic Party needs to do more for blue collar, working class people, especially those who felt left behind in the Rust Belt areas of our country. But, there’s another group that Richard Florida identified in the early 2000s and that Daniel Pink also took note of – and that is the “creative class.” These are the artists, writers, thinkers, educators, creatives, academics, “non-linear thinkers” and “renaissance people” of the world. Many are doing work on sites like Upwork or driving for Uber or Lyft - and getting by one gig at a time. Others are adjunct faculty at community colleges or universities and barely living above the poverty line. But, they all have something that can help you – ideas!
We can help in the formation of task forces or think tanks. We can help you to expand on your ideas and bring more people into the fold. We want to shine and we want someone who, for the first time in American history, understands this. We have something to offer and, perhaps, we are looking for something more than the Calvin Coolidge slogan that “the business of America is business.” It’s way more. It is service, solutions, leadership, education, art, culture, music and all forms of artistry. if asked, if challenged to work on solutions, we will. We want to contribute. Having a bold, creative vision is what attracted people to Hart’s campaign and it will bring even more people to yours. Be bolder. Be more creative. Your supporters will love you even more.

Lessons from Gary Hart’s 1988 Presidential Campaign — and Why Good People Often Opt Out of Politics:

My response to: Was Gary Hart Set Up? by James Fallows

My older brother (a journalist), sent me this article and then posted it on Facebook. I had worked on Gary Hart’s campaign for President in 1988, so felt I needed to respond in part to defend history’s judgement of him.
It’s really sad what happened here. This scandal absolutely pales in comparison to anything that has happened in American politics since that time (or even before, if we dive into the alleged scandals of JFK, LBJ and others). I got to see Hart up close as a student at Colorado State, where he announced his Presidential campaign in ’84 to a packed lecture hall. I would see him again on his National Field staff for his1988 run. I worked mostly in Iowa for the caucuses there with a staff that was organized by a then relatively unknown Martin O’Malley (who would later run for President in 2016).
Hart was a very decent, respectable, intelligent and thoughtful man and would have made a great President. I should note that Paul Albritton (a friend and strategist for Hart) once told me that Hart had told him (over dinner I think) that he (Hart) did not think he would have been too popular with the public. Hart was known for rolling up his sleeves at campaign stops and using the chalk board to give lectures on civics, government and the role of the citizen in a democracy. Hart believed the public would have grown tired of this, and judging by where we are in our public discourse in this country now — I think he was right.
After barely losing to Mondale in the ‘84 Democratic Primaries and then seeing Mondale get demolished by Reagan in the Presidential Election, Hart was the natural front runner in ’88. I learned, during the course of the ’88 campaign, that there was even a meeting between Hart and Soviet leader Gorbachev sometime after the ’84 Presidential Election - since even Gorbachev likely believed Hart to be the next U.S. President. Possibly resulting from this meeting, Hart authored a policy he called “constructive engagement” — which was included in a 94 page book we gave out to voters that year, called Reform, Hope and the Human Factor: Ideas for National Restructuring.
There was so much excitement about Hart becoming President that it was only natural for an “attack dog” like Atwater to find a way to bring him down. This would lead, of course, to the more desirable candidate for the Republicans, Mike Dukakis (and we all know what happened there).
It just makes me sad that he got caught up in this — and that these tactics are still used today — driving out otherwise good and qualified people!
Thanks to James Fallows of the Atlantic for writing this piece. I think it was important to set the record straight, but also important for us to see the historical roots of how we got to this place in American politics. The question now is whether we’ll learn from our mistakes and make an attempt to strive for something better.
I’ve now written the entire story in a book called:

When The Dust Settles: A Collection of Stories From Gary Hart's 1988 Presidential Campaign

Thursday, January 31, 2019

New Meetup Group in Sacramento For Experiencing and Discussing The Arts

If you are in the Sacramento area and are interested in music, film, theater, dance, poetry, literature,
painting and sculpture - then this is for you.
Brandon Norgaard, Founder of the Sacramento Politics and Philosophy Meetup is starting a group called
Sacramento Dilettantes and you are formally invited. The purpose of the group is to have great
discussions around cultural and artistic events in and around Sacramento.
You are invited! All you have to do is go to the Meetup site and click on join. That’s it.
If you have an idea of your own -- something involving music, art, dance, theater, etc., let us know.
And, if you are personally involved, e.g. musician or artist, tell us about your upcoming event here.
Please forward to a friend.
Note:  Sacramento Dilettantes is affiliated with The Sacramento Politics and Philosophy Meetup,
GliderCell and HikeStorming (unofficially known as the Sacramento Intelligentsia).

Monday, March 05, 2018

Episode 4 of GliderCell -- UNDERemployment

Are you working in a job that has little to do with your actual talents, interests and abilities? Have you ever wondered what percentage of the population is like this, i.e. not being able to match their interests with being able to make a living and wondered why that is? Did you ever stop to think about the high level of human talent, intelligence and creativity that lays dormant in the world? Does there appear to be an invisible barrier that we don’t quite understand that prevents so many from rising up to positions where their efforts can make a difference?
That’s one way to look at “underemployment” and what it really means. It was also the topic of Episode 4 of GliderCell.
The setting for our discussion was a kitchen table with four well informed, creative thinkers and people of vision. These folks have found a way to combine their need to be creative and use their mental abilities with making a living and they had a lot to say, not only about underemployment, but about all of the other contributing factors.


Going clockwise from where I was seated at the table. 
Roderick Bedingfield is a modern day Renaissance man, finding connections between his love of Tango, creative thought and construction. He has studied graphic and fine arts, biology, business, building science and carpentry. His current work involves designing and building compact housing and “grid free infrastructure and buildings.” Contact Info. LinkedIn Profile
Afzal Rashid is the current Vice Chair of the Afghan Development Association an NGO working on integrated rural development projects in Afghanistan. Formerly, he was the Country Director for the International Development Law Organization of Afghanistan. He also worked as a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan and, after moving to California, became Chief of Quality Assurance for the Mental Health Section with the State. He was also a main contributor to Speaking Afghan Pashto : the eastern Afghan dialect.
Brandon Norgaard is the founder of the Sacramento Politics and Philosophy Group and the author of the forthcoming book Seeking a More Enlightened Worldview. You can read more about his project at EnlightenedWorldview.com. Brandon has a day job where he develops network management software, but he spends his nights and weekends working on his true passions: community organizing, reading, writing, and philosophizing.
Robert Freeman is the Founder, President and CEO OF VoteMatrix.com An experienced Solutions Architect, Software Developer, and Systems Integrator, Mr. Freeman has worked with many consulting firms providing technical expertise to State of California government agencies and other companies utilizing the latest, largest, and most complex computer systems available. He is a futurist, technology leader, developer mentor, community contributor, and self-proclaimed Altruistic Nerd. He is also proficient in project management, process improvement, proposals, manufacturing, 3D modeling, graphics design, mechanical engineering, business analysis, philosophy, marketing, electrical engineering, and event coordination.
More interested in discussing than moderating, your host for the GliderCell Podcast, Lee Chazen.
Special thanks to our channel partner, Qualia (Use the code GLIDERCELL to get 10% off single month orders and 15% off of a subscription).
Also, thanks to show consultant Ed Mulder and producer, Ivan Juric.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Forward March By Pat Metheny: Funny, Yet Strangely Artistic

In 1984 The Pat Metheny Group figured out a way to turn what a 6th grade band sounds like into an art form. Funny & strangely artistic (no offense to 6th grade band students. I've been there before and I know your struggles).

Forward March by Pat Metheny Group https://buff.ly/2EIaksR